BSF To Deploy UAVs To Check Infiltration

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New Delhi: To check smuggling and infiltration from across the India-Bangladesh border by next year BSF DG said on Wednesday that BSF will deploy Unmanned Aerial Vehicles or UAVs and erect a ‘smart fence’ to check smuggling and infiltration

BSF Director General (DG) KK Sharma, while interacting with reporters here, said the Union home ministry has recently approved a proposal of the force to deploy an indigenously developed smart fence at the 48.12-km-long riverine Dhubri border area along the Brahmaputra River in Assam.

“The technology solution will help in checking surprise infiltration and it will also ensure rest and recuperation of troops involved in area domination duties in this area. By October 2018, this project will be in place at Dhubri,” he added.

At present, BSF troops on boats guard this patch which is highly prone to illegal migration and cattle smuggling due to the changing course of the river. No permanent structure like border posts can be erected in this area.

The BSF has also urged the ministry to sanction the raising of five more battalions (about 5,000 personnel) and their deployment along this border region to check crimes like smuggling of cattle, fake Indian currency notes, arms, ammunition and narcotics in some of the “most vulnerable and notorious areas, he said.